Libyan medics already confronted battle, now the pandemic is surging there too


Because the pandemic began to rage by way of Libya final month, medics working within the war-ravaged nation’s few functioning hospitals confronted their nightmare situation – a surge in instances and dwindling assets.

Hamza Abdulrahman Jelwal, 35, a supervising nurse at a quarantine centre within the coastal metropolis of Misrata, has not seen his household since Libya’s lockdown started in March. He has additionally not been paid.

He examined optimistic for the coronavirus in August and was quarantined in the identical facility. As quickly as he obtained higher, he obtained up and went again to work.

“We work 12 hours a day. It’s exhausting for medical workers as a result of there isn’t any relaxation,” he stated.

His expertise underscores the excessive stakes and rising challenges for Libyan medics because the variety of confirmed instances spikes. Figures have climbed quickly from just a few hundred final month to nearly 20,000 now.

The United Nations’ performing Libya envoy, Stephanie Williams, has instructed the Safety Council that the actual variety of instances in Libya is nearly actually far increased and that the well being system is “unable to reply”.

Libya has been divided since 2014 between the internationally recognised Authorities of Nationwide Accord (GNA) in Tripoli and the west, and areas of the east and south held by Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan Nationwide Military (LNA).

The 2 rival administrations function parallel governments which have issued differing public well being orders geared toward controlling the unfold of the virus, however each closed their international borders early within the disaster.